LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Luke Pisors

Chief Executive Officer

Leading Ambrosia QSR as President and CEO is Luke Pisors. After 30 years in the restaurant business, most recently as SVP of Operations with Arby’s, Luke believes strongly in the power of an organization’s culture as the foundation upon which growth occurs. That growth must begin at the individual, then the organizational level, and then impact the guest experience, before it translates to growing sales and profits. After growing up in Wisconsin and living throughout the eastern half of the US during his career, Luke maintains an allegiance to the Green Bay Packers despite enjoying living in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughter.

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Ian Poole

Chief Development Officer

Fueling Ambrosia QSR’s growth in restaurant development as Chief Development Officer is Ian Poole. With 14+ years in the real estate and construction environment, Ian previously led Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins growth strategy for the Southwest and Western markets. He has strategically developed new restaurants across the US and led new market entry for Dunkin’ in the states of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. He believes that the success of an organization starts with people as the foundation for the growth engine for restaurant development. After growing up in New England and spending 10 years in Arizona, Ian has settled here in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and 2 kids. Ian loves to travel and play golf while rooting for his New England sports teams!

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Teresa Donich

Vice President of Human Resources

Building our culture and processes relating to people is Teresa Donich, our Vice President of Human Resources. Teresa most recently led the HR department for Black Bear Diner based in Redding CA, with a presence in 18 states across both company and franchised operations. Teresa has led HR teams with several other restaurant brands, including a decade with a large Burger King operator, so she brings a broad set of competencies to Ambrosia QSR as we build organizational capacity. Relocating to Portland has been a homecoming of sorts for Teresa, who grew up a couple of hours north in Federal Way WA, and started her career with Starbucks.

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Reuben Rentas

Vice President of Accounting

Leading the Accounting Department for Ambrosia QSR is Reuben Rentas, who has over 10 years of experience in assurance, leadership, and accounting in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Reuben works to create systems and processes that deliver timely and accurate results so that restaurant operators have the information they need to make business decisions. In addition, he leads by focusing on the success and growth of those within the organization. Prior to joining Ambrosia QSR, he led the accounting team at Sustainable Restaurant Group based out of Portland, OR. Reuben joined Ambrosia QSR to build on the company's existing financial reporting and accounting, and to support Ambrosia QSR's mission for their guests, employees, and the growth of the company.

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Chuck Pe Benito

Director Of Operations

Leading our Burger King teams for the 33 restaurants in metro Portland as Director of Operations is Chuck Pe Benito. Prior to taking this role, Chuck served as a Director of Operations of 41 Popeyes restaurants in Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Previously, Chuck served in multi-unit management for Burger King in Oregon. Chuck has a unique mix of experience across both Burger King and Popeyes, over the course of 30 years in the restaurant business.

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Arturo Lopez

Director Of Operations

Arturo Lopez leads the Burger King teams as Director of Operations in the 33 restaurants stretching from the southern Portland metro, Salem, Albany, Lebanon, Eugene, Springfield, Roseburg, and the coastal towns. He started working for the Burger King brand in 1992, and in these 28 years of experience he has held different positions, always in the area of operations.

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Nancy Binder

Director of Operations

Nancy oversees daily operations of the Ambrosia QSR team in the greater Seattle market. Known for her focus on excellence, expertise, and maximizing her team's potential through consistent execution. She instills in her team to "better their best" while upholding the Company's values and consistently achieving results. Nancy is passionate about developing leaders and challenging them to grow within Ambrosia. Nancy has spent the last 35 years within the QSR industry, starting as a crew member at McDonald's and moving to Burger King 12 years ago.

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Raul Medina

Director of Operations

Leading people and growing quick service franchise restaurants is where Raul Medina has spent his last 14 years. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations of his own franchise with Dunkin Brands operating Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins Restaurants. Raul’s experience is centered on opening, acquiring, and growing franchise locations through the development of people and systems across various states in the Southeast United States. Raul has assisted in the acquisition and opening of over 120 franchise restaurants within the last 10 years. He believes in modeling a culture that cultivates people growth within each department and each level of the organization.

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Charlie Patton

Director of Construction and Facilities

Charlie Patton is our Director of Construction and Facilities, and has a background of over 25 years in QSR and retail development. His most rewarding experiences have been transforming older facilities through remodels, and growing companies around the country. He’s brought his experience with Jack In The Box, Blockbuster, and Banfield Pet Hospital to grow and transform restaurants within the Ambrosia QSR portfolio. Mutuality is his most valued principal, working to create mutual wins, and he strives to support Operations in meaningful ways. Charlie has always lived in the Pacific NW, where he enjoys skiing, golfing and the great outdoors, in addition to attending Trail Blazers and OSU Beaver football games.

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Lucho Esparza

Director of Operations Services

Lucho and the team under his leadership is responsible for creating a bridge between operations teams and the Restaurant Support Center, executing projects that make store-level operations more efficient and successful, impacting the experience of our team members and guests. Lucho believes that success is achieved by building a strong team, and then creating opportunities for them to grow. Lucho loves to be in touch with nature through outdoor activities in the Pacific NW, and he’s always ready to grill a good steak.

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